Tightening the noose around those spreading false propaganda about Covid, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday directed the DGP to crack down on rumour mongers and web channels spreading misinformation among people about the pandemic.
Captain Amarinder also asked DGP Dinkar Gupta to monitor statements being issued by anti-India operators working from abroad and to register cases against all such people, wherever they might be located. The Chief Minister directed the DGP to initiate the process of getting these entities banned in India.
The directives came even as the Punjab Police continued to register cases against rumour mongers across the state. The DGP informed the Covid review virtual meeting chaired by the Chief Minister that 8 FIRs have been registered over the past 10 days (from August 27 to September 7) against those spreading rumours and floating/circulating false and misleading videos that are hampering the people fight against coronavirus, and also preventing the people from availing of proper medical treatment at public and private health facilities.
The FIRs, including the one filed today against LIP leader and MLA Simarjit Singh Bains, have been registered in Patiala, Ferozepur, Mansa, SAS Nagar, Ludhiana-Rural, Ludhiana, Jalandhar and Moga.
The DGP said criminal cases have also been registered in Ludhiana and Phagwara (Kapurthala) against people holding parties despite the government’s prohibitory orders against all such gatherings. So far, 54 persons, including the owner of Moon Walk Resort, have been arrested for holding a Pool Party in Ludhiana and 17 persons have been arrested in Phagwara, including the owner of Basant restaurant, Phagwara, he disclosed.